Instituto de Pensamiento Estratégico Ágora

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The Instituto de Pensamiento Estratégico Ágora (IPEA)
Missionto promote a free, virtuous and prosperous society based on ethical principles, and individual & public responsibility through the respect of human dignity, a free market economy, a limited government by the rule of law and a strong democracy.
PresidentArmando Regil

The Instituto de Pensamiento Estratégico Ágora A.C. (IPEA) is a private, independent, apolitical and non-profit think tank dedicated to the construction of a free, virtuous and prosperous society. It focuses on the development of youth, research and public policy proposals.[1][2][3][4]


IPEA University[edit]

Since 2009 IPEA University has been an annual week-long summer seminar where young students and leaders get together to discuss the world's and Mexico's most pressing issues and how to solve them.

National movement[edit]

The A Million Youths for México movement's goals are to unite 1 million young Mexicans in order to transform the country. The following five "strategic axes" guiding the vision for the movement are:

  1. Democratic society and rule of law
  2. Economic development and adaptability
  3. Education for the consolidation of human potential
  4. Governability, democracy and civil society
  5. Social cohesion

University chapters[edit]

IPEA University chapters develop, analyze and breakdown research to better communicate the corresponding findings to Mexican society and decision makers. IPEA first chapter started in ITESM campus Querétaro. Today it has chapter in different campus such as:

University Chapter Current President
Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Santa Fe Raymundo Von Bertrab
Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Querétaro José Alejandro Enríquez
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México Fernando Alcázar
Universidad Panamericana Sede Mexico Lurdes Gutiérrez
Escuela Libre de Derecho Stephanie Valerio
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Tahiri Trillanes



  • Values 2.0.
Values 2.0 is designed to develop a culture of integrity, legality and order.
  • Strategic communication.
The Strategic communication course is meant to teach rules and techniques of public speaking and communication in order to communicate in an effective and impactful manner an idea or project to a specific audience.
  • Public Policies.
This course is meant to analyze the methodologies and techniques for the design, implementation and evaluation of the impacts that public policies have in Mexico.

Legion of Liberty Award[edit]

Since 2009 the IPEA together with the Ludwig Von Mises Institute[6] has awarded the Legion of Liberty to those "individuals that have proven to be the absolute defenders of individual liberty in any given part of the world. They are catalysts of extraordinary change and are renowned for being congruent between what they say and what they do regardless of the risks and sacrifices that are involved in doing so."

Prize Winners
Year Recipient Nationality News
2009 Lech Walesa  Poland
2009 Margaret Thatcher  England Link
2010 Lorenzo Servitje  Mexico
2011 Álvaro Uribe  Colombia

International friends[edit]

  • James M. Buchanan, Nobel Laureate in Economics 1986.
  • Mart Laar, Prime Minister of Estonia 1992-1994 and 1999-2002.
  • Francisco Flores, President of El Salvador 1999 – 2004.
  • José María Figueres, President of Costa Rica 1994 - 1998.
  • Lord Brian Griffiths of Fforestfach, Vice Chairman of Goldman Sachs International, Director Bank of England 1983 – 1985 and Senior Adviser to Lady Margaret Thatcher 1985 – 1990.
  • José Piñera, Minister of Labor and Mining 1978 – 1980 Chile.
  • Hernán Buchi, Minister of Finance 1985 – 1989 Chile.
  • Antonio Martino, Minister of Foreign Affairs 1994 – 1995 and Minister of Defense 2001- 2006 in Italy.
  • Mario Vargas Llosa, President Fundación Internacional para la Libertad.
  • Andrei Illarionov, Senior Fellow The Cato Institute, Chief Economic Adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin 2000 – 2005.
  • Miranda Xafa, Alternate Director and Executive Board Member, International Monetary Fund, Chief Economic Adviser to Greek Prime Minister Konstantinos Mitsotakis 1991 – 1993.
  • Edwin Meese III, Attorney General United States of America 1985 – 1988.
  • Fabián Koss, IDB Youth Program Coordinator, Inter-American Development Bank.
  • Harriet M. Fulbright, President The William and Harriet Fulbright Center.
  • Hernando de Soto, President Instituto Libertad y Democracia in Peru.
  • Leonard Liggio, Executive Vice President Atlas Economic Research Foundation.
  • Ed Feulner, President The Heritage Foundation.
  • Pascal Salin, Professor of Economics Université Paris-Dauphine.
  • John Blundell, General Director, Institute of Economic Affairs, United Kingdom.
  • Linda Whetstone, Chair International Policy Network, Board Member of the IEA and Atlas Economic Research Foundation.
  • Thomas Rustici, Professor of Economics Georgetown University and George Mason University.
  • Ian Vásquez, Director Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity at the Cato Institute.
  • John Bailey, Professor of Government and Foreign Service and Director of the Mexico Project at the Center for Latin American Studies, Georgetown University.
  • Carlos Alberto Montaner, Journalist and Writer.
  • Anna Halpine, Founder World Youth Alliance.
  • Barbara Kolm, Director F.A. Hayek Institute in Austria.
  • Christof Zellenberg, President, Europa Institut in Austria. Director of Private Wealth Management for Central and Eastern Europe, Deutsche Bank.
  • Alberto Mingardi, President, Instituto Bruno Leoni in Italy.
  • Liu Junning, President, Cathay Institute of Public Affairs in China.
  • Jargal Dambadarjaa, President, New Policy Institute in Mongolia.
  • Franklin Cudjoe, Director, IMANI Center for Policy and Education in Ghana.
  • Bruno Atieh, Co-Founder Youth League for Lebanon.

Board of trustees[edit]

Academic board[edit]

Board of directors[edit]

  • Armando Regil Velasco, President
  • Luis Castellanos Velasco, Director of Research
  • Claudia Regil Velasco, Director of Programs and Education



  1. ^ 2011 Global Go To Think Tanks Rankings[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "A new Think Tank in Mexico -- Atlas Network". Archived from the original on 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2012-01-22.
  3. ^ World Think Tanks
  4. ^ The most comprehensive list of Market-research oriented Web Sites in Latin America and the US for Spanish speakers
  5. ^
  6. ^ Lech Walesa receives the Legion of Liberty[permanent dead link]

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